Injured chicks

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Young McDonald, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. Young McDonald

    Young McDonald New Egg

    Jan 5, 2014
    So I've started breeding quail using Silkie chickens to sit on the eggs. So far it's been a success with 10 out of 12 eggs hatching and surviving.
    Only problem is, two of the chicks have been trampled by the others, and now have injured legs and can't stand up or support themselves. Does this happen often with young quail (I understand their legs are quite fragile when young) and what can I do to help?

    Currently the quail are only 3-4 days old.

    Thanks heaps
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    It does happen when using chickens to hatch and raise quail babies. Quail are very delicate and if you continue to let chickens hatch quail, you will probably see this often. You might remove the quail babies the moment they hatch and brood them in a brooder. The longer they stay with the Silkie, the higher chances she can injure them.

    Good luck!

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